He Calls Himself an Irishman?

He Calls Himself an Irishman?

So, Glynn‘s a posh
D4 Dubliner. Don’t mind him. Most of us Waterford knackers with
a bit of national pride think Ireland’s
Call
is an abomination and that Ireland is losing some of
its national identity by not using Amhrán na
bhFiann
for rugby.

It has one great side effect, though. Everyone can now actually
understand what they’re singing! You won’t find many irishmen
who are fluent enough in their national language enough to be
able to translate this:

     Sinne Fianna Fáil
     A tá fé gheall ag Éirinn,
     buion dár slua
     Thar toinn do ráinig chugainn,
     Fé mhóid bheith saor.
     Sean tír ár sinsir feasta
     Ní fhagfar fé'n tiorán ná fé'n tráil
     Anocht a théam sa bhearna bhaoil,
     Le gean ar Ghaeil chun báis nó saoil
     Le guna screach fé lámhach na bpiléar
     Seo libh canaídh Amhrán na bhFiann.

Watch closely next time you see an Irish sports team during
their national anthem. Count with your fingers how many of
the players are actually singing rather than humming, swaying
from side to side and generally looking embarrassed. You
won’t need your other hand …

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